panjim, july  29, 2015 …. Ponda Patrakar Sang and Antruz Patrakar Sang will be jointly commemorating the death Anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak on August 1, 2015 at Ponda. Both the Patrakar Sanghs have organized a series of activities on the occasion including National Integration group singing competition.  It is been decided to felicitate Information Officers Shri Prakash  Sadashiv Naik and Shri John Aguiar both the officers from Ponda taluka and closely associated with the press and media persons.


Shri Aguiar joined the Department of Information & Publicity in April 1990 as Information Assistant. He has been in the department for past 24 years  and has playing a key role. During this period he had been also assigned the role of Public RelationsOfficer for the Police Department , the designated rank for that assignment.

Nonetheless, he continues to hold the post, additionally now. As publicity officer he managed media and public connectivity requirements of the Government  and assisted various  departments  with their publicity campaigns. He produced a short film on awareness about “Dengue” for the Directorate of Health Services in 2014. He assisted the Chief Electoral Officers’ office during elections and also was involved in the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme of the ECI. Has also attended orientation programme at ECI New Delhi.  His work has been commended by then Electoral Officers Shri Yaduvanshi and Shri R. P. Pal.

He is an Arts graduate of Bombay University. With an academic bent of mind, he has  earned an post graduate degree in Journalism and has also answered  his exams for the MJ degree course. Shri Aguiar has won several awards, medals and commendations. Has been Best All Round Student 1983 (Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule College, Margao., Recipient of Presidents Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal for meritorious services in Home Guards-2012, Recipient of Goa Chief Ministers Gold medal for Meritorious services in Home Guards-2007, Director general of Civil Defence, New Delhi commendation for meritorious service-2013.

Shri Aguiar  who joined the Department of Information and Publicity  performed under the then Director of Information & Publicity Shri R. G. Jatkar and Information officer Shri D. M. Karapurkar. His services were thereafter requisitioned by the then Union Minister  Shri Eduardo Faleiro in Delhi where he worked as his Asssitant Private Secretary looking after media and publicity in the Ministries of External Affairs, Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Shri Aguiar began his career in journalism at the age of 18 years as a reporter and a correspondent of erstwhile “O Heraldo O” for its roman Konkani page in the year 1976. Thereafter he worked as Reporter in West Coast Times, Staff Reporter in Herald both at Panjim and Margao. He also  worked as Ponda Correspondent of Gomantak. He also did Photo-journalism during this period.

Shri Aguiar’s specialty has been crime reporting. He used to do many of his investigative stories under pen name “Karamchand”.  He worked as Chief Reporter of Goencho Avaz. Senior Staff Reporter in Herald. Also looked after Margao as Reporter of Herald.  Also worked as Ponda Correspondent Gomantak (Marathi). He is a Konkani poet and has penned lyrics for Konkani songs for Music albums and also for All India Radio. His song “Pausant Bhizuya” was nominated for “Best Lyricist Award” organized by Kalangan, Mand Sobhann of Mangalore under Global Konkani  Music Awards 2009.

As NCC cadet, Mr. Aguiar has led NCC Cycle  Expedition from Goa to Pune and back-1982 and NCC Cycle Expedition-Goa to Hyderabad and back-1983. He has written and presented several plays on All India Radio, Doordarshan and also conducted interviews,  Written articles in local newspapers on environment, traffic, Youth, Careers and other important subjects.

Shri Aguiar was  one of the Vice Presidents of  South Goa Journalists Association in the past. He is also a shooter and  has represented  Goa State at the Maulankar National Shooting Championship held at Chennai-2003.

He is a poet lyricist who has penned several songs which are played on All India Radio and CDs. In 2013, he wrote special Carnival anthem which was sung by well Known singer Mukesh Ghatwal. He wrote Krist Bhakti Geetam, in the album titled “Grateful to Jesus” produced by Shri Sidhnath Buyao which was released on December 11, 2009.

He  happens to be a keen photographer, with a focus on birds and environment.

A Konkani Poet has authored  book on Konkani Poems ‘Jinn” ‘Paulam’, Gulmohar, Saanz and “Off Side” (Middles in English published in NT and Herald).

 Ponda Taluka Patrakar Sangh felicitated Mr. Aguiar, for completion of  over 25 years in the field of Journalism both print and the official media at a function held on the anniversary celebration of the Sangh on August 1, 2006. Shri Aguiar was felicitated on August 1, 2009 by the  Sanvordem-Quepem Journalist Association with  “Patrakar Mitra” award. “The Navhind Times  Ex-NCC Achievers  Award”  on June 30, 2010. “Vocational award” by Rotary Club of Panaji on October 14, 2009.


Shri Prakash Naik joined the Department on June 30, 1989 as Information Assistant and subsequently promoted to the post of Assistant Information Officer in  June 2012. He handled the work connected to field publicity and has been dealing with subjects related to Republic day Parade in Delhi, IITF, Films, Songs and Drama services, Exhibition besides,  Government schemes and matters related to publicity.

During the period 1995 to 20o5 Shri Naik  was posted to Margao Sub-Office as in-charge and handled publicity related matters connected with the South Goa District effectively.

Shri Naik was Deputed at IITF Pragati Maidan New Delhi as Nodal Officer for setting up a Goa pavilion and at Goa Day functions on three occasions.

He is looking after RTI matters. A Commerce Graduate from Bombay University, Shri Naik is  also holding Bachelor in Journalism  degree having graduated from Tilak Maharashtra University , Pune.